From the Echo Press Archives, 1947: Planned Fox Hunt in Lake Carlos State Park - Alexandria Echo Press

This week in 1997 – 25 years ago: The Alexandria-based Rural Cellular Corporation was highly praised by financial analysts in a business section of the Star Tribune. Analysts predicted that the wireless communications company’s shares would surge 40% over the next 12 months as it finds new markets and new technologies in a rapidly expanding space. Rural Cellular, which markets its services as Cellular 2000, went public in February 1996 at $10 a share. It closed at $14 per share on February 14.

1972, 50 years ago: Members of the Douglas County Commission and Alexandria City Council met again to discuss the possibility of working together to build a new law enforcement center. A five-member committee was selected to study the needs, location, cost and other details surrounding the proposal. Chosen were Police Commissioner George McKay, Sheriff Howard Urness, County Auditor Bob Pennar, County Commissioner Art Henneman and Community Development Director Bill Haskins.

Efforts to organize a chapter for disabled American veterans in Alexandria continue with a special Lions Club dinner at the Viking Hotel. Joe Sperry, a local DAVer who has spearheaded the organizational effort, says 17 new members will be enrolled in the charter club at the dinner and about 250 current DAV members will transfer to the new Alexandria chapter. There are a total of around 1,000 DAV members in the region.

1997, 25 years ago: Dr. Greg and Nancy Klepetka have the Klepetka Chiropractic Clinic at 418 3rd Ave. E. Opened in Alexandria (next to the Medicine Shoppe). Both physicians completed undergraduate training followed by five academic years in chiropractic before graduating with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

The plan is to completely remodel the Alexandria Tire and Auto location at the corner of Third Avenue and Nokomis Street in Alexandria, into a convenience store, fast food restaurant, service shop and shop with parking and ample room for expansion . All existing buildings will be removed. The new service shop is located east of the existing shop, 20 to 30 feet off Oak Street.

Steve Bolton plays Marvin Michaels and Caroline Petefish portrays Millie Michaels in the play “California Suite” in performances planned at the Alexandria Area Arts Association.

2012, 10 years ago: The Alexandria Building Department’s annual report shows that 1,214 building permits were granted for projects valued at more than $53 million in 2011 – a 4% increase from the appraisal of $50.1 million dollars in 2010 when 1,089 permits were issued. The numbers include construction within the city and its zoning jurisdictions of the townships of Hudson, LeGrand, and Lake Mary.

The Ecumen Bethany Community recently embarked on a $3 million renovation and expansion project that will improve short-term rehabilitation services and introduce memory care. The project will also expand the short-term rehab dining area and centralize administrative offices on campus.

Just For Fun, 1947 – 75 years ago: The wily old fox will have to dig deep into his bag of tricks if he wants to escape with his life at Carlos State Park next Sunday. An organized hunt is planned, led by game warden Bob Streich. About 150 men are needed to successfully carry out the drive.

1987 – 35 years ago: The Alexandria City Council voted to increase overtime parking fees from $1 to $2. Compare that to Wadena’s $16 fees.

Sports Trivia, 1997 – 25 years ago: The first dance team tournament sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League will feature 97 schools including Alexandria. Previous competitions were run by the Minnesota Association of Dancelines, later renamed the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams. This is the 23rd National Dance Team Competition.

Rachel Barduson, from Alexandria, is a regular columnist for the Echo Press Opinion page.